Fidel Castro said that he never expected to live to be 90 years old. By Laura Italiano. Africa, And South Africa in particular, owes Fidel Castro a huge debt of gratitude for his decisive role in liberating the continent, writes Shannon Ebrahim. On a recent sun-drenched afternoon, I was wandering the leafy blocks of West 82nd Street near Central Park, when I came to numbera stately Victorian brownstone with a carved stone stoop. January 1, Castro's rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba.
For nearly 60 years, the Castro family controlled Cuba. At that time, it was difficult to predict that Fidel Castro would become one of the most influential men of the twentieth century. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party communist statewhile industry and business were nationalized and state socialist policies were implemented throughout society. This support was based on four principal factors: First, the regime was perceived by most Cubans as being honest, an important departure from the popular view of practically all previous Cuban governments. Castro became a symbol of communist revolution in Latin America.
Castro brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere, bedeviled 11 American presidents and briefly pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war. President John F. In the rugged Sierra Maestra mountains near where Fidel Castro made his hideout as he led a guerrilla uprising in the late s, Cubans say they are still grateful for the land reforms and modern amenities his leftist revolution brought to the area. Lisa Howard: I want to ask you say something about assassination, about assassination attempts because it was an issue the other week. Speaking here tonight, I'm presented with perhaps one of the most difficult tasks in this long struggle, which began on November 30,in Santiago de Cuba.
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